Still waiting on the kit from Shapeways...sigh... They apparently only shipped it yesterday. Then international shipping... I paint with an airbrush rather than normal brush. I find it gives a much smoother finish and better coverage, plus my hands always start to shake when I try and do detail work with a fine brush. I'll be washing all the parts in warm soapy water, rinsing then drying. Light sanding to help the paint to stick. Shapeways parts will require more sanding and I'm experimenting with a dissolved putty to fill in the graininess. I use tiny little alligator clips on bamboo skewers to hold each piece, then airbrush with a primer. I'm currently experimenting with an auto-body primer I got from a local auto-parts store. Went for the one suitable for plastic bumpers and parts to ensure it won't melt the plastic. ($8 for 400ml's is a lot cheaper than model specific primer) Decant it out of the spray can by spraying through a small straw and allow to outgass for 12-24 hours. Then airbrush all the parts with 1 or 2 light coats. Mask off where necessary with standard painter's masking tape. (Whirl hopefully shouldn't require much masking, except maybe around the canopy) I use Tamiya acrylic paints for colour - wide colour range and ebay has them for cheap, plus you can easily mix up custom colours. Top coat with 2 or 3 coats of Future Floor Polish. Sand back the joints and rub area's then re-assemble. I'm thinking of painting the canopy opaque, in a nice yellow gold colour. Tomahawks clear yellow plastic doesn't work for me.